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Old 05-18-2018, 08:06 AM
 
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Last year and the year before, I planted our peppers and tomatoes only to have a few of them become very sick because of a period of cool, rainy weather and a subsequent fungal infection. I rotated the beds this year but since I planted two weeks ago, we had a full week of rain with about 6" total expected over the course of the week (mind you I live in NJ, not the Pacific NW). The rain is expected to subside in a few days and I'm now holding my breath because of the concern that they will be wiped out.

For the record, I have raised bed gardens with reasonably well-drained soil, amended the soil with cow manure and mulched with straw. I wanted to hear the opinions of others as to whether this long, cool, rainy period will be the death blow that I'm anticipating, and what, if any steps I can take to remediate it if it happens? I have been looking at fungicides online but don't know what's best for tomatoes, and of course I'd like to use something that would be safe for eating afterwards.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing your thoughts!
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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You are ahead of the game with raised beds, but a downside is that they can allow disease organisms to build up. A good book on Tomatoes is: Epic Tomatoes, by Craig LeHoullier.

Perhaps next year, stick with disease resistant varieties. Try "Totally Tomatoes" for resistant varieties.

Fusarium Wilt is attributed to wet conditions.
Verticillium Wilt, Bacterial Wilt, attributed to wet conditions.
Bacterial Spot, attributed to wet conditions
Early Blight, attributed to wet conditions.
Blossom End Rot, wet conditions and lack of available calcium.

I have used "Daconil" fungicide, available at Home Depot, Lowes.

Regards
Gemstone1
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Old 05-18-2018, 10:45 AM
 
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You are ahead of the game with raised beds, but a downside is that they can allow disease organisms to build up. A good book on Tomatoes is: Epic Tomatoes, by Craig LeHoullier.

Perhaps next year, stick with disease resistant varieties. Try "Totally Tomatoes" for resistant varieties.

Fusarium Wilt is attributed to wet conditions.
Verticillium Wilt, Bacterial Wilt, attributed to wet conditions.
Bacterial Spot, attributed to wet conditions
Early Blight, attributed to wet conditions.
Blossom End Rot, wet conditions and lack of available calcium.

I have used "Daconil" fungicide, available at Home Depot, Lowes.

Regards
Gemstone1
Thank you for the info! How were your results with Daconil? If it worked well for you I will run up to Home Depot this weekend for some.
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Old 05-19-2018, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte FL
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Thank you for the info! How were your results with Daconil? If it worked well for you I will run up to Home Depot this weekend for some.
go to Lowe's instead..Lowes gives 10% discount to ALL veterans whereas Home Depot gives 10% to service connected disability customers only (unless they have changed their policy)
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